Happy New Beer’s Eve! On this date (April 6th, 1933) people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Ever since it has been celebrated in the US as New Beer’s Eve.
The repeal of prohibition began with the signing of legislation by President Roosevelt on March 23, 1933 who during the signing made the famous remark, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
Sales of beer in the U.S then became legal on April 7, 1933, in states that had their own laws allowing sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2%, compared to the 0.5% limit during prohibition. (3.2% was used because it was considered too low to produce intoxication).
Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve” and April 7 is known as “National Beer Day.
It did however still take to the end of the year (December 5, 1933) for Prohibition to be ended in full.
If only they had session IPA’s back then!